A new report by Social Planning Toronto shows about two-thirds of a $128-million fund meant to help students overcome demographic hurdles is instead being channeled into general expenditures by the Toronto District School Board. By this measure, about $40 million is actually used to help kids in need. School board officials challenged that Monday, arguing that poor kids directly get most of the money, with only (only!) $40 million shifted to general expenditures.
Either way, this arrangement is a win-win situation for both the school board and Queen’s Park. Ontario’s Liberal government gets an opportunity to highlight how much it’s spending to combat poverty. Meanwhile the school board receives millions more for what it really needs — help with keeping the lights on and the doors open.
The only losers are poor kids. But they’re easy targets. When deprived of millions in publicly promised funding they don’t complain with a very loud voice..